Since 1997, July for Kings has surged forward amidst several lineup changes. 'Swim' was their national debut for MCA Records in 2002. They toured with Muse, Counting Crows, The Calling and more. After MCA folded, 'Nostalgia' was released on singer/songwriter Joe Hedges' Indie label and in its first week became the top-purchased album on CDBaby.com. Middletown natives Hedges and Dan McQuinn remain from the earlier days.
So they’re stopping back home with a catchy new name and a foot fetish. Now called Slow Claw, these three former members of Cincinnati favorites Junior Revolution return for Cincinnati gigs and a one-mile barefoot walk through Northside to kick the Tom's Shoes cause up a notch.
Now called Slow Claw, these three former members of Cincinnati favorites Junior Revolution return for Cincinnati gigs and a one-mile barefoot walk through Northside to kick the Tom’s Shoes cause up a notch. Slow Claw takes traditional Pop, dissecting it, putting it through the wandering wringer, then circling back to structure. They play the Madison Theater Friday and the Toms Shoes walk is 2 p.m. Saturday starting at the Northside Tavern, with an acoustic performance following.
Kinda dark. Kinda a sweet relief. Perspective is tricky. And for Jason Wells of for algernon, although his sound veers toward soothing, then leans into the moody side, a focused, optimistic, artistic view is key.
It was damp and cold and my coat was thin, so I hurriedly scurried through Fountain Square. But when I saw the horse and carriage, I halted. My ears perked up. I'd never been on a carriage ride. Whenever I saw those horses, I thought about how they braved the Cincinnati streets, the concrete fields, no matter the season. I thought about leather harnesses rubbing against their coats. And the hard pavement, the steel bits. I thought about hooves cracking.
They're in the mood for espresso and cake. The last of the batch. And in the booth where The Sleep waits, it's all about the ingredients and the vibe. This is vocalist Laura Smith's debut band. Quietly eating around her icing, she states, "I come from a musical family, and I love to sing."
In the background, an '80s remix album plays, everything from Genesis to Spandau Ballet. We play name that tune, and lead vocalist/keyboardist Jack Curley wins. With a scruffy red beard and the lightest shade of blue eyes, he's also into musical theater and acting.
The Atriums' Northside practice space is close, small, tight. It fits us, the equipment and that's it. In this maze-like, huge old warehouse's halls and rooms, other bands play, walk by and shoot the shit. This night, The Atriums are fidgety. Hands clasp and unclasp. Feet twitch. Someone is always picking at a guitar. All five members are multi-instrumentalists.
Ah, there's always a sweet story behind the music. But before we get to the scoop, here are the topics: Hardcore bands wearing Obama T-shirts, Britney Spears' amusing comeback, the '70s, the '80s (we skip the '90s), pizza. Frankie Hill says, "We want to eat pizza. Every single night, pizza."
Once upon a time she had a Chuck Taylor collection. Now, cowboy boots. Around seven pairs, less than $5 apiece. This day, Wonky Tonk wears white, fringed boots. She and her band of the same name (with Moriah Lawson and Nick Mitchell) are 'fresh and going strong.'